Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro's with this detailed 17 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.
Check the details of the original receipt including date, store and amount paid. There should also be a 9 digit style number as well as a barcode number.
3. RETAIL BOX
New Air Jordan 11 Retro's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Jumpman logo on the lid. Color and style of boxes can vary according to style and year. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.
4. BOX LABEL
Nike retail boxes feature a label on one side detailing barcode, style name, size, color, country of manufacture and a style number. The style number is usually 9 digits long, the first 6 digits represent the style and the last 3 digits represent the colourway. Check that this style number matches the one located inside the shoe and on the sales receipt. Tip 1: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway. Tip 2: scan the barcode with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
5. PLASTIC INNER
Jordan 11's come with a plastic inner inside the shoebox. The printed colour area will be transparent. Check the copy written on the inner says: Tinker Made Them Shine, Mike Made Them Fly, You Made Them Iconic. Tip: Do you know who Tinker is? Tinker Hatfield is the famed designer of many of Nike's iconic shoes.
6. INSIDE LABEL
Inside label details vary depending on year, country of manufacture and style. Check the style number, usually 9 digits, matches that found on the box. Check that the tail of the Q in FABRIQUE starts inside the circle. Check for any spelling errors and that the glue area is uniform and neat. The shoe's production date will fall between the two dates indicated on the label. Tip: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway.
The tongue of new Jordan 11's has a distinctive shape, make sure the tongue stands rigid and that the top two corners are short and rounded. You should also be able to see two different materials that make up the front and inside of the tongue with a join that does not show any stitching.
8. JORDAN TONGUE
New Jordan 11's will have the words Jumpman Jordan neatly embroidered into a band on the tongue. Check the colour of the Jumpman logo is correct for the colourway of the shoe. Check that the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat, pay attention to the proportion of the Jumpman's hands and shoe laces. Tip: Enter the style number into a Google search to confirm the colourway, that will help you confirm what colour this Jumpman should be.
9. GREATEST PLAYER TAG
There is a tag inside the tongue with the words Greatest Player Ever embroidered into it. Make sure the words are white, and check that the embroidery is high quality. Again check the proportions of the Jumpman's hands, feet and ball. Tip: Check the colour of the Jumpman figure is correct.
10. TONGUE FABRIC
Check that the tongue is made of two fabrics and that the join between the front and inside two halves is neat and straight and does not show any stitching along the join. Also check that the tongue is rigid and that the top corners have rounded edges.
11. INSOLE LOGO
Jordan 11's will feature the Jumpman logo printed on the insole. Older models may feature the Nike logo. Check the proportions of the hands, feet and ball. If the shoes are new make sure the logo is not worn out.
12. JUMPMAN HEEL
Jordan 11's come with a Jumpman logo embroidered into the heel. Check the quality of the embroidery, and the proportions of the figure. Tip: Check the position of the Jumpman by making sure the ball in the Jumpman's hand lines up with the middle of the 2 and the 3.
13. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 11's have a distinctive sole pattern with a Jumpman logo visible under the outsole rubber (if the outsole is transparent), always make sure the sole is high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new.
14. SOLE LOGO
Some Jordan 11's feature a Jumpman logo under a transparent outsole. Check that you can also see the carbon fiber support panel. The carbon fiber check board should appear to have a square bumpy texture and not be flat painted squares.
15. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the stitching on the heel is tight, straight, evenly spaced and follows the edge of each panel evenly. Tip: check the join between the upper and outsole is an even straight line and does not have any excess glue showing.
16. HEEL SUPPORT
From above you will notice how the collar ankle support follows the natural curves of your achilles.
New Jordan 11's have a distinctive evenly shaped toe box. The rubber outsole is usually transparent so check that you can see the colour of the shoe upper through it.